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Spaniard Jenni Hermoso sues Luis Rubiales for sexual assault

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Spaniard Jenni Hermoso sues Luis Rubiales for sexual assault

Spanish women’s football star Jenni Hermoso has filed a complaint against the president of the Spanish football federation, Luis Rubiales, accusing him of sexual assault after he kissed her during the celebration of the Women’s World Cup final in football in august.

After Spain beat England to win their first World Cup, Rubiales went viral for all the wrong reasons after grabbing Hermoso’s face and kissing her on the lips during the trophy presentation.

Spanish prosecutors announced the sexual assault complaint, a week after inviting her to press charges against Rubiales as part of an ongoing investigation into the incident.

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Luis Rubiales and Jennifer Hermoso

Royal Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales (right) embraces Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso (left) during the medal ceremony for the final match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 between Spain and England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney. , Australia. (Noemi Llamas/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

There is a chance that Rubiales could face criminal charges depending on the results of the investigation.

Prosecutors say that under Spain’s sexual consent law passed in 2022, Rubiales could be fined or jailed for one to four years if convicted. The law eliminates the difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Rubiales initially said the kiss was consensual, although Hermoso said otherwise in statements released by her and her players’ union. Hermoso also said the Spanish football federation pressured her and her family to support Rubiales after the outrageous kiss.

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“I felt vulnerable and the victim of an impulsive, sexist and inappropriate act, without any consent on my part,” Hermoso said in a statement posted on his social networks. “Put simply, I was disrespected.”

Rubiales was also seen in the crowd celebrating Spain’s victory in the World Cup final with a crotch grab.

The Spanish government, as well as the players’ union and his teammates, support Hermoso, while Rubiales refuses to step down as president. FIFA suspended Rubiales on August 27 after telling the Spanish Football Federation’s general assembly that he was the victim of a “witch hunt” by “fake feminists”.

Rubiales’ suspension lasts for 90 days and FIFA could impose penalties on anyone, ranging from a warning to suspension.

Luis Rubiales puts the lead back

Luis Rubiales, President of the Spanish Football Federation during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia v New Zealand 2023 Final match between Spain and England at Stadium Australia on August 20, 2023 in Sydney, Australia . (Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The Spanish Football Federation also have the option of taking a vote of no confidence, although they haven’t called for it despite asking Rubiales to step down.

As this continues with Rubiales, Spain head coach Jorge Vilda was fired on Tuesday. Vilda, who was among those who applauded Rubiales’ speech to the federation, had a major problem with the national team before the World Cup kicked off.

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More than a dozen players signed a letter complaining about Vilda and the way he led the national team, leading some players to quit before the start of the World Cup.

Hermoso’s first comments about the kiss were that she “didn’t enjoy it”, but she later played down the situation, telling Spanish media that Rubiales’ departure was “no big deal”. Hermoso later released her statement claiming the kiss was not consensual.

Despite the huge victory, the victory was tarnished by this controversy for Spain. Interim Football President Pedro Rocha said: “The most sincere apologies to the world of football at large for the totally unacceptable behavior of its highest representative”.

Jennifer Hermoso in New Zealand

Jennifer Hermoso of Spain reacts after missing a chance to score during the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Japan and Spain in Wellington, New Zealand on Monday July 31, 2023. (AP Photo/John Cowpland, file)

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“His behavior in no way represents the values ​​of Spanish society as a whole, its institutions, representatives, athletes and Spanish sports leaders,” Rocha wrote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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